Our club . . .
We meet Tuesday mornings . . .
Our club meets each Tuesday morning at 7 am at Rotary House.
Our members . . . .
We are a small club. Since we were chartered by Rotary International on May 16, 1997, we have always been at least 20 members and have had as many as 33 members.
We are a busy group . . .
Prospective members should be aware of the fact that we are a busy group. In addition to our weekly meetings we are generally engaged in several ongoing projects.
Roses . . .
Each year we brighten the lives of many people with Roses from Rotary. This involves several weeks of selling Roses (actually they almost sell themselves) and then an evening of sorting, trimming and boxing the flowers followed by a Saturday morning of delivering them. If you have never delivered flowers, you are in for a treat. There are few things in life as sweet as the smile on the face of someone who unexpectedly receives a dozen roses. It does take some time, but it also produces significant revenue to fund our club projects. We have this fund raiser down to a smooth routine.
This is only one example of the kinds of things we do to raise funds and at the same time increase the profile of our club in the community.
Our weekly meetings . . .
Our weekly meetings follow a familiar format. We start sharp at 7 (or if we don’t, the Sgt at Arms has an easy target for a fine!) We begin with the National Anthem and grace. Members rotate in these duties. Without much delay, we serve ourselves up a hearty breakfast. Just as the slow eaters get near the end of their meals, the club president heads back to the podium to see that our visitors and guests are properly introduced and any announcements of interest to our Rotarians are presented. That done our guest speaker is introduced.
Guest speakers . . .
Always the highlight of our weekly meeting, our guest speaker then has our focused attention for 20 minutes or so.
Our Sgt at Arms swings into action . . .
After our speaker has been properly thanked for taking the time to bring us her or his message, we usually have a prize draw and our Sgt at Arms takes a round out of us. His or her fines are usually a buck and mix wit and humour with a reminder of some of the things Rotarians stand for. The Sgt usually allows those on hand to put in a Happy Buck or a Sad Buck accompanied by a BRIEF explanation.
Unless there are some closing announcements, that usually winds up the meeting. As a morning club, we know our members have the day ahead of them so we generally end by at 8 am or within a few minutes after 8.
What we are about . . .
We have a lot of fun. We build friendships. And in the course of it all, we follow the motto of Rotary, which is Service Above Self.
Our club, like all Rotary clubs, begins its year July 1. Each year we have a new president and a new executive. We also have a President Elect, a secretary, a treasurer and a board of directors responsible for Club Administration, Club Public Relations, Membership, Service Projects and The Rotary Foundation. We have committees for each Avenue of Service. They are Club Service, Community Service, Vocational Service and International Service.
Four Avenues of Service . . .
Like other Rotary clubs, we organize what we do into four avenues of service. They are
- Club Administration (more)
- Community Service (more)
- International Service (more)
- Vocational Service (more)
(Click on the area of service title for details. The more link will show you other posts on this site about each Avenue of Service)
We have a director for each Avenue of Service.
We welcome new members . . .
Are you interested in Rotary? You might want to get in touch with our Membership Director, Allan Gannon, if you have any questions. You could check out our Rotary Links page or have a look at the Rotary International web site.
More Information, in detail . . .
Our New Members Handbook is essential reading for new and prospective members.
Our club has its constitution and bylaws.
Appendix A details the duties of our club officers, appendix B covers duties of directors and appendix C to the bylaws details the duties of others.
Members of the club are also members of an incorporated society that owns Rotary House. The original constitution of the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise Society is not the current version. It was amended in 2002. Be sure to check the 2002 amendments as the changes are significant and limit what the society can do.
The place to go if you want more detail is the official Manual of Procedure and other governing documents which you can find here.